Made this so that @Neti doesn’t do it first.
Will get back to this.
EDIT: Let’s begin.
A friend of mine has the 3rd generation iPod Shuffle (yes, it’s been a while) and her earphones stopped working, so she asked me for suggestions.
After a little digging, I realized that it was harder than it seems.
Thing is, it has no buttons on it, besides one for switching it on or off, so one had to rely on the in-line controls for switching songs, etc. Why not use some third party pair of earphones with them? Not a possibility.
“What about all those headphones for the iPhone that include an inline controller? While you might think that such controllers would work with the shuffle, at least for playback control, they don’t. Pressing the controller button on an iPhone headset does nothing for the shuffle.”
They’re limited to earphones sold by Apple, or from OEMs that had to pay Apple for making compatible earphones, raising costs and my heart rate. And there’s no guarantee that an ordinary pair of earphones could be used for such functions, they needed some sort of control chip to make that happen, despite fact that any phone out there didn’t need that chip for such functions.
This isn’t a post to rant about Apple and it’s interesting decisions, we’ve got entire forums for that.
This incident made me think. "Can we do nothing in the face of such smug corporates who could do anything they wanted?"
Yes you can. We’ve done it before and we can do again. Make another killer device,
But I need your help. I have little to no idea of what sort of device this should be.
And yes, the iPod is dead, but this thread isn’t about iPods, it’s about going beyond them.
A music device for this new connected era. A smartwatch. Anything.